Hardy, North American perennial
Description: Tall spikes of creamy white, bell-shaped flowers in early summer; distinctive, sword-like leaves in dense rosettes
Habit: Flower stalks grow to 8 feet and rosettes spread 3 to 4 feet; forms deep tap roots that can be difficult to remove once established
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 10
Origin: United States
Attributes: Attracts butterflies, evergreen, drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant
Native to the southeastern United States, Yucca filamentosa was introduced to gardens by 1675, and was then known as Silk Grass or Bear Grass. Thomas Jefferson included “Beargrass” in a list of ‘Objects for the Garden’ at Monticello in 1794. Fiber obtained from the leaves is one of the strongest native to the U.S., and was used in basket weaving, binding, for fishing nets, clothing, and more. At Monticello, rope made from this species was used in the vineyards for staking and tying up grapevines. The ornamental qualities and exotic appearance of this striking native plant were much admired by the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Arrives in a 1 gallon pot.